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Village seeks energy grants

ONTONAGON — The Village Council heard a presentation Monday by Brad Barnett, planning Director for the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR), who also introduced Melissa Davis of New Power Tour. New Power Tour’s mission is to increase the use of renewable and ...

Snowmobile strikes, hurts pedestrian

A snowmobile/pedestrian crash near the Boston Road Sunday morning resulted in a local man being sent to the hospital for injuries, according to a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 4 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to responded to the incident, which ...

Science Exploration: Barkell holds night of educational fun

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School hosted Family Science and Engineering Night Wednesday evening, giving children grades K-5 opportunities to think outside of the box in the fields of science and engineering, with educational yet fun activities. For example, fourth and fifth-grade ...

Hancock Foundation funds needed learning resources

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School recently hosted Family Science and Engineering Night, which principal Dan Vaara said was funded by the Hancock Public Schools Foundation (HPSF). The foundation was established in 1987, and receives and distributes funds for charitable and educational ...

Snowmobiler hurt on Schoolcraft trail

LAKE LINDEN — An Ohio man was injured in a snowmobile crash Wednesday evening in Schoolcraft Township. The 65-year-old Ohio man was traveling northwest on the Sawmill Road about 6:55 p.m. Wednesday when he failed to make a lefthand turn and crashed into a group of trees, the Michigan State ...

City changes ‘let-run’ policy

HANCOCK — The City Council voted Tuesday to reduce the requirements of qualifying for the city's let-run policy. The let-run policy allows people to use up to 11,000 extra gallons of water per month to keep pipes from freezing under certain conditions. The previous policy required ...

Agencies find it hard to bring scammers to justice

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The Copper Country has been plagued in recent months by an increase in phone scammers, but this year, there has also been an increase in identity thefts. Local law enforcement agencies have investigated many of them but have failed to find any that have originated in the ...

All local Shopko stores closing

HOUGHTON — All three Shopko locations in the Copper Country will close in May, the company announced Wednesday. Locations in Calumet Township, Houghton and L’Anse are among the more than 250 Shopkos that will be closing. Store closings in Escanaba and Marquette were also announced ...

Identity burglars enter by phone

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The number of identity theft reports to some law enforcement agencies has been increasing recently, and in nearly every instance, it begins with people giving information to phone scammers. Sgt. Russell Larson of the Michigan State Police Post Calumet said he has noticed ...

Scammers can strike anywhere, anytime

EAGLE RIVER — Undersheriff Curt Penala said the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the number of phone scam complaints and identity theft reports recently, something the Michigan State Police Calumet Post has also reported seeing. It does not however, seem to be an ...

Calumet panel talks manager form of govt

CALUMET — The Ordinance Committee addressed a number of ordinances at its meeting Thursday, including procedures on addressing the blight issue and a village manager ordinance, said Village President Dave Geisler. “That was one of the things that the council tasked the committee with ...

LL-H board preps for school chief interviews

LAKE LINDEN — Three people have applied to become the next superintendent of Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools, Superintendent Craig Sundblad said Monday. The district Board held a special meeting Monday to discuss topics and questions for the interviews with candidates. Sundblad ...

$1M state grant for Calumet infrastructure awarded to village

CALUMET — A Jan. 25 press release from state Rep. Greg Markkanen's office, referring to a grant award, contained some errors, according to Village Council President Dave Geisler. Calumet will receive $1 million to enhance infrastructure in the township, the release stated, creating the ...

LL-H Schools Board names new member

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board has a new member. The board appointed Rob Johnson at a special meeting Monday. Johnson will replace Curtis Audette, who resigned from the board in December. “I’m surprised and ecstatic,” said Johnson, who has worked as a ...

Baseball Whipsled

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Members of Finlandia University’s baseball team push Gabriel Brueggeman on the whipsled on Quincy Green during the Heikinpaiva celebration in Hancock on Saturday

Village audit not complete as deadline approaches

ONOTONAGON — After being questioned about the possible loss of revenue sharing dollars from the state at the previous Village Council meeting on Jan 14, President Ken Waldrop and manager Joe Erickson addressed the issue in detail before the council began the agenda at Monday’s ...

Veterans society names first brave

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) veterans honor guard, the Wiikwedong Ogichidaa Society, honored its first brave at the winter powwow on Saturday. Machai Loonsfoot was presented with special pieces of regalia before the first grand entry of the day so that he could officially enter as ...

Eyesore eyed for redevelopment

LAKE LINDEN — The site of a former Lake Linden business-turned-eyesore could be seeing new use through a brownfield redevelopment project. The Houghton County Land Bank is pursuing a $50,000 state grant to cleanup and former Lakes Paint Supply site, located on the 1300 block of Front Street ...

Calumet discusses creating manager position

CALUMET — The Village Council briefly discussed writing an ordinance to create the position of village manager to replace the village administrator position. The discussion was brought up at the council’s Jan. 15 meeting, at which Joe Snow, the current administrator whose contract ...

Keweenaw County updates its recreation plan

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County submitted a five-year recreation plan to the state last week, which includes six major projects for this year alone. First on the list is a plan to work with the Keweenaw Community Foundation to establish a park endowment to support maintenance at the Gratiot ...